Police Investigate 500 Boxes of JSS Textbooks in Kaptagat Forest

In a mysterious turn of events, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Keiyo South, Elgeyo Marakwet County, is delving into the circumstances surrounding the abandonment of 500 boxes of government textbooks intended for Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) in Nyamira. The discovery unfolded along the Kaptagat-Kaptarakwa-Marum Road, concealed within the depths of Kaptagat Forest.

Unraveling the Abandonment

The National Police Service disclosed that the textbooks meant for Nyamira North and South were found discarded, prompting an immediate investigation into the peculiar incident. According to the police statement, the discovery was made on January 20, 2024.

Peter Mulinge, the County Police Commandant, confirmed the incident, stating that the area chief reported the abandoned books. The scene has been cordoned off, and the textbooks have been relocated to the police station for safekeeping.

Mysterious Hijacking Scenario

Preliminary findings, as stated by the police, suggest a potential hijacking scenario. It appears that the vehicle transporting the textbooks might have been hijacked, with the perpetrators later offloading the educational materials and absconding with the vehicle.

“Preliminary investigation indicates that the motor vehicle carrying the books might have been hijacked, and hijackers offloaded the books and left with the motor vehicle,” the police reported.

Assurance of Investigation

Peter Mulinge assured the public that DCI officers have initiated a thorough investigation to unravel the mystery and bring those responsible to justice. The incident raises concerns about the safety and secure transport of educational materials, highlighting the need for increased vigilance and security measures in such crucial endeavors.

As the investigation unfolds, the enigma of abandoned JSS textbooks in Kaptagat Forest underscores the importance of safeguarding educational resources, ensuring they reach their intended destinations to contribute to the academic development of students in Nyamira and beyond.


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